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Planned cuts successfully opposed

  Bradford Chamber has lobbied successfully to oppose some of the Council’s budget cuts. Acknowledging that some difficult decisions had to be made due to central government demands for cuts, the Chamber nevertheless had to oppose several of the cuts due to their likely impact on business support, inward investment and economic development.  The response also noted that city centre

Written on 10th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Monthly Economic Review

The British Chamber of Commerce UK Monthly Economic Review provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between economic data compiled by external organisations such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the BCC’s own Quarterly Economic Survey and economic forecast. It is available here.

Written on 6th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, Lobbying

National economic review available (Feb)

The national Chamber monthly economic review is available for downloading here (produced by the British Chambers of Commerce). This month’s headlines: • UK economic growth reaches seven-year high, despite slowing in Q4 • Services remains the key driver of growth as construction and industrial output weakens • UK inflation drops to joint record low, reinforcing the case against an early interest rate rise.

Written on 10th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

Chamber conference to stage pre-election debate

 BCC Annual Conference: 10th February 2015 QEII Conference Centre, London Speaker line-up including senior cabinet ministers, Ed Balls, William Hague and Sir Clive Woodward OBE To register for a free press pass please contact the press team on 020 7654 5813 / 5817 or register via the website. The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference brings together senior politicians and

Written on 16th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Council cuts planned – your chance to comment

Your views are sought on Bradford Council’s 2015-16 budget, including significant cost-cutting once again. Comments need to be made either to us by Mon 26 Jan, or direct to the Council by 29 Jan, ahead of City Hall meetings to approve the proposed areas of cuts and overall financial report. It is hoped that Chamber Council will discuss the proposed budget

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

Broadband connection voucher scheme extended

More than 800 jobs are expected to be created in Bradford over the next year as a result of £900k of government ‘connection voucher’ grants awarded to 400 small businesses in the District in the last 12 months. The funding covers the costs of installing high-speed internet connectivity, as part of the Superconnected Cities programme. Bradford and Leeds combined have seen

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

A decent start to 2015, survey shows

More businesses in Bradford are looking forward to 2015 with increasing confidence, according to a new survey. Members of Bradford Chamber of Commerce told researchers at the end of last year that they expect profits to increase during 2015 as trading conditions improve.  There is still plenty of caution among many firms as they face unpredictability, especially given that it’s

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, News

EU Barometer: Firms ‘want in’, but not ‘further in’

As heads of government gather in Brussels to discuss economic growth proposals, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its latest EU Business Barometer, tracking attitudes to Britain’s place in the European Union. The latest survey of 3,500 businesses shows that firms continue to see a recast UK-EU relationship, with Britain remaining on the inside, as most favourable. More than

Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, Lobbying, News, Survey

Falling inflation good for recovery support

Falling inflation makes it easier for the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee to support recovery, says the British Chambers of Commerce. Annual CPI inflation in November 2014 was 1.0%, down from 1.3% in October – the lowest rate since Sept 2002 Falls in transport costs (notably motor fuels, air transport and second hand cars) and in the prices of recreational and cultural

Written on 16th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News